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Wii U Tour Gives Chicago Residents Hands-On Time with the Hottest Nintendo Games

Navy Pier | Chicago, Ill.


Includes hands-on time with a wide selection of Wii U games, including Pikmin 3, The Wonderful 101, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, Nintendo Land, New Super Mario Bros. U, LEGO City Undercover, Resident Evil Revelations from Capcom and Injustice: Gods Among Us from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Visitors can even pose for pictures with props from various Nintendo franchises and Tweet photos of the event with a unique hashtag to receive a special gift while supplies last. For more information, visit

When: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday , 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday
Cost: Free

Native Dance Styles, Old and New

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian | Evanston, Ill.

Oneida Nation dancers Mark Denning and his daughter, Isabelle, demonstrate early and modern powwow dances and discuss Native American life. They'll also relate the origin stories behind the dance steps and explain the regalia worn by Native dancers.

When: 6-7:30 p.m.
Cost: $20, $15 members, plus admission

Summer Inside Out: Giant Grasshopper Dissection

Midwest Museum of Natural History | Sycamore, Ill.

Learn about insects and their relatives while dissecting a Lubber Grasshopper. Plus, meet some live creepy crawlies. Registration required: (815) 895-9777.

When: 7-8 p.m.
Cost: $15, $13 members; sign up for multiple classes and get $2 off

Chicken Little

Metropolis Performing Arts Centre | Arlington Heights, Ill.

When something mysterious falls from the sky right onto Chicken Little's head, he's convinced that the sky must be falling and rushes to warn the King. This fun, musical version of the classic tale is designed for the whole family.

When: 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m. Saturday
Cost: $12-14

Wheel Gymnastics World Championships

North Park University | Chicago, Ill.

Features more than 240 athletes from nearly 36 nations. Competition will be divided between males and females, and junior and senior competitors. Awards will be given for best All-Around, Spirale, Straight-line, Vault and Mono Wheel competitions.

Cost: $10, $15 Junior Finals, $20 Senior Finals and Team Finals, $50 All Event

Drinking Straw Construction

Niles Public Library | Niles, Ill.


Build sculptures, towers and bridges from straws. Will your creation have what it takes to stand up to the wind?

When: 3-5 p.m.
Cost: Free

Tales and Treasures

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

New exhibit showcases 50 rare and unique objects from the Sterling Morton Library's collections. The artifacts include a collection of butterflies that is more than 100 years old, an Eskimo bone carving, original woodblocks, and metal sculptures. Explore a modern cabinet of curiosities, with drawers that pull out and doors that open to reveal objects and interactive games, share your vision of a library in 50 years, and take part in a library-wide scavenger hunt.

Cost: Free with admission

David Rogers’ Big Bugs

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Kids become bug detectives as they explore the exhibit of huge bug sculptures built using natural materials including trees, dried branches, roots and green saplings. On display will be an over-sized bee hive, lady bug, assassin bug, damsel fly, spider, daddy long legs, praying mantis, dragon fly, grasshopper and three ants. Kids receive a free bug detective guide, helping them uncover the truth about bugs. Plus, they can take part in daily events to learn more about bugs, plus an edible insects program for the whole family.

Cost: Free with admission

“Be A Tooth Sleuth”

Oak Park Conservatory | Oak Park, Ill.


The exhibit, organized by the Purdue Agriculture Exhibit Design Center, teaches children that mammals are carnivores, herbivores or omnivores and that there are different types of teeth and feeding habits for each. Among its features are animal skulls, including a tiny weasel and a polar bear. Kids can look at their own teeth in the Tooth Sleuth mirror to determine their eating category.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free; $2 donation appreciated

Dinosaurs Alive!

Brookfield Zoo | Brookfield, Ill.

Features supersized animatronic dinosaurs, including favorites like Stegosaurus and Triceratops, as well as obscure dinosaur species with unusual characteristics, like feathers. Shantungosaurus-the largest dinosaur to walk on two legs-stands at more than 20 feet tall and 50 feet long in Roosevelt Fountain, and a tented showcase highlights the most recent paleontological findings that birds evolved from dinosaurs. In addition, guests will learn how dinosaurs are relevant to today's world and how changes in climate may have led to their extinction, plus about prehistoric flowers and plants .

Cost: $5, $3 kids 3-11, free kids 2 and under, plus zoo admission.

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